Governors With National Aspirations Touch On Medicaid, Health Policy In State-Of-The-State Speeches
In outlining signature policy issues, governors such as Chris Christie from New Jersey, Scott Walker from Wisconsin and Mike Pence from Indiana tackled issues ranging from Medicaid expansion to drug treatment and reining in public workers' benefits.
GOP Governors Audition For Washington In Annual Speeches
Each governor who spoke Tuesday — Christie, Walker and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence — outlined a few signature policy proposals designed to lead local news coverage: Pence called for a balanced budget amendment to the state constitution, to be ratified by voters in a future election. Walker proposed merging several state agencies together that he said duplicate work. Christie pushed for mandatory treatment programs for drug offenders. ... Pence stressed that he will never accept traditional Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. “We have been saying ‘no’ to ObamaCare in Indiana, ‘no” to establishing a state-based exchange and ‘no’ to expanding a broken Medicaid system,” he said. “Medicaid is not a program we need to expand. It is a program we need to change.” (Hohmann, 1/13)
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Gov. Christie’s State Of The State Address Touches National Themes
Mr. Christie, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, touched on themes such as tax cuts, school choice, slowing Medicaid spending and reining in benefits for public workers. He spent a significant portion of the speech discussing drug addiction treatment, an issue that some conservatives support. (Haddon and Dawsey, 1/13)